Near Eastern Studies departmental information

The Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES) teaches the diverse histo-ries, religions, languages and literatures that originated in a vast region of the world extending from the Nile to the Oxus Rivers, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean. Faculty provide students majoring in Near Eastern Studies with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to societies, beginning with the emergence of cities and writing in Sumer and Ancient Egypt to the rise of ancient Levantine and Anatolian cultures,  the formation of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and onwards to the Modern Middle East, extending to its transnational and diasporic com-munities. The course offerings in the major are designed to provide an understanding of the dynamics that have shaped the literary, linguistic, visual, social and political histories of Middle Eastern societies past and present.

In the Near Eastern Studies curriculum, all non-language/cultural studies courses fall under the NEAREAST subject code while the language courses are divided into the following subjects: ARABIC, ARMENIAN, HEBREW, PERSIAN, TURKISH, and NESLANG (for the ancient languages).


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